Grenoble, France/Cornwall, UK (June 7, 2005)–After investigating available technologies, Allen & Heath has licensed EtherSound and plans to incorporate the protocol in digital audio products.
“EtherSound’s responsiveness to user requests, and the consequent rapid evolution of this technology have been impressive,” said Allen & Heath managing director Glenn Rogers. “Bidirectional transmission and mixed sample rates are available now: Fault-tolerant ring topologies and more are being introduced, all without compromising the extremely low and stable latency that is essential for pro audio. EtherSound not only offers our customers a technically superior networking environment, but it gives them the freedom to assemble multi-vendor systems using an open, non-proprietary connectivity standard.”
EtherSound is an elegant, simple and open digital audio network standard with extremely low latency that is fully compliant with the IEEE’s 802.3 Ethernet specification. “As the manufacturer of one of the most widely known and respected consoles lines in the world, Allen & Heath could have chosen any technology to network its digital audio products,” Jimmy Kawalek, business development manager for EtherSound, pointed out. “We’re very pleased to have them as a member of the growing community of EtherSound licensees, which includes manufacturers of consoles, amplifiers, loudspeakers and safety systems as well as general-purpose and manufacturer-specific network interfaces.”
As Ethernet standards evolve, EtherSound is able to keep pace easily, since the Network and Data Link layers are implemented via FPGA’s (Field Programmable Gate Arrays). EtherSound licensing programs are available to manufacturers and qualified implementors. Current manufacturers of EtherSound-enabled products and components include: Allen & Heath; Audio Performance; AuviTran; Bittner Audio; Bouyer; CAMCO; Digigram; InnovaSon; Lab X Technologies; NetCIRA by Fostex; NEXO; and Pinanson. Qualified implementors who offer third party engineering support to product developers include AuviTran and Lab X Technologies LLC. Stardraw Control software, now in beta release, uses the EtherSound API to enable control and operation of multiple devices from separate manufacturers across EtherSound networks.
EtherSound is developed, patented and licensed by Digigram.